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The Nanaimo Timbermen put the scare into the Victoria Shamrocks during the first game of their semi-final Western Lacrosse Association playoff series. They won Game 1 in double overtime by the score of 12-11.

Since, the Shamrocks have appeared to figure out the Timbermen’s transition game and took control of the series, winning four straight to take the series Friday night in Victoria at The Q Centre.

Rob Hellyer got the home team off to a fast start with a goal at 40 seconds from Steve Priolo and goaltender Adam Shute.  The Shamrocks scored three of the next five goals in the first period with Rhys Duch and Tyson Gibson scoring twice. Baden Boyenko and Evan Messenger answered for the Timbermen.

The Shamrocks took the second period too. Casey Jackson scored at 2:57 and at 9:03. Mack Mitchell and Gibson with his hat-trick goal contributed as well.

Rhys Duch, who has been in and out of the lineup with an injury all season and missed Game 3 after a hat-trick performance in Game 2 in Nanaimo, scored another hat-trick with two goals in the final frame.

Gibson led the way for the Shamrocks scoring four times and picking up an assist. Duch added an assist to his three goals.

Clark Colton led the way for Nanaimo scoring once and assisting on five others.

Adam Shute stopped 37 of 44 shots fired his way. Mike DeGirolamo stopped 34 of 44 shots before he was pulled in favour of Charles Claxton who shut the door over the final 9:14 of the game stopping all but one of the 14.

Nanaimo’s powerplay went 25% at ¼, while Victoria scored twice on five opportunities.

The WLA final will start next Friday at The Q Centre. Victoria will face the Maple Ridge Burrards, who swept the regular-season champion New Westminster Salmonbellies in four straight games.

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